For many of us, summer is the perfect time to catch-up on our reading lists that do not include memos, briefings or emails. Even President Obama unveiled the books that will keep him busy over the warm summer months. 

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As Brussels slowly heads “back to work”, we wanted to share with you a list of Foreign Affairs books that has kept the YPFP Brussels team busy. From foreign policy classics such as Henry Kissinger’s Diplomacy to Australia’s former Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr’s memoirs – our reading list is as diverse as our Brussels community!

But we are a bit more curious to hear what you have been reading, so please share your summer reading lists on our Facebook page.


YPFP Brussels Summer Reading List:

International Relations

"Diplomacy" by Henry Kissinger

"World Order" by Henry Kissinger

"Geopolitics of Emotion" by Dominique Moïsi

 Economic Policy & Development

"Barefoot Hedge-fund Managers, DIY Doctors and the Surprising Truth about Life on less than $1 a Day" by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

"Capital in the Twenty-First Century" by Thomas Piketty

Political Figures

"Madam Secretary: A Memoir" by Madeleine Albright

"The Algerian Chronicles" by Albert Camus

"Diary of a Foreign Minister" by Bob Carr

"My American Journey" by Colin L. Powell

"I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban" by Malala Yousafzai

U.S. Politics

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the Golden Age of Journalism" by Doris Kearns Goodwin

"Wilson" by A. Scott Berg

Political Fiction

"Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy" by John Le Carré

"The New Republic" by Lionel Shriver


"Putin's Kleptocracy" by Karen Dawisha

"Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin" by Ben Judah

"Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul" by Charles King  

"Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin", by Timothy Snyder

"Is the EU Doomed?" by Jan Zielonka


"Asia's Cauldron" by Robert Kaplan

 Middle East-focused

"The Good War: Why We Couldn’t Win the War or the Peace in Afghanistan" by Jack Fairweather


"Ordeal of Elizabeth March: a Woman in World History" by Linda Colley

"Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith" by Jon Krakauer

"You Talkin' To Me? : Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama" by Sam Leith

"Badlands" by Tony Wheeler

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